The 2021 State of Origin is just around the corner and tickets are selling fast for the series opener happening in Townsville. It’s time to bust out your love for blue or maroon. Will the Maroons be victorious? Or will the Blues outsmart their rivals?
Anticipation and excitement are beyond comprehension, as the shocking loss by the NSW Blues in 2020 will see a more aggressive play as they become desperate to win back their title.
2021 State of Origin Dates
Game 1 of the Ampol State of Origin is happening on Wednesday 9 June at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland. Kickoff is scheduled at 8.10pm AEST.
Game 2 takes place on Sunday 27 June at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland. Kickoff is scheduled at 7.50pm AEST.
Game 3 is happening on Wednesday 14 July at Stadium Australia in Sydney, New South Wales. Kickoff is scheduled at 8.10pm AEST.
As these are just scheduled kickoffs, the game may happen earlier or later, depending on the pregame live performances. In any event, broadcasting coverage typically begins an hour before kickoff.
Live performances announced at the State of Origin
Game 1 has an awesome line up of live entertainment, featuring The Veronicas - one of Australia’s most popular artists that made the world scene.
Game 2 will have Sheppard playing live - an indie pop band with roots in Brisbane. With hit songs such as Geronimo and Coming Home, the crowd will definitely be rocking out to this performance.
Game 3 features Lime Cordiale and JK47.
How to watch the 2021 State of Origin
If you aren’t attending the State of Origin in person, you’ll definitely want to know how you can tune into the match live.
Broadcasting live nationally on 9Now and Nine Network, and Sky Sport in New Zealand, or WatchNRL for an international tune in. Pacific regions can tune in on Fox Sports 2 US, Sky UK, Fox Sports Asia, and more.
2021 State of Origin Game 1 Schedule
The anticipated schedule is as follows:
- 6pm is when corporate gates open.
- 6.30pm is when the gate are open to the general public.
- 7.35pm is roughly when live entertainment starts.
- 8.10pm is when the kickoff happens with the Queensland Maroons rivalling the NSW Blues.
- 8.55pm is half time.
- 9.11pm is the second half.
- 9.56pm is full time (without taking into account any added time or delays in the match).
2021 State of Origin Team List
Debuting featured players from both the Maroons and Blues, each team has matched up quite fairly. Here are the lineups for Game 1.
The 2021 State of Origin Queensland Maroons lineup is as follows:
- Kalyn Ponga
- Xavier Coates
- Dane Gagai
- Kurt Capewell
- Cameron Munster
- Valentine Holmes
- Christian Welch
- Daly Cherry-Evans
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
- Harry Grant
- Kyle Feldt
- Jai Arrow
- Felise Kaufusi
- Moeaki Fotuaika
- David Fifita
- AJ Brimson
- Joe Ofahenguae
- Reed Mahoney
- Jadyn Su’a
- Coen Hess
- With Paul Green as their coach.
The 2021 State of Origin NSW Blues lineup is as follows:
- Brian To’o
- James Tedesco
- Tom Trbojevic
- Latrell Mitchell
- Daniel Saifiti
- Jerome Luai
- Josh Ado-Carr
- Nathan Cleary
- Damien Cook
- Cameron a Murray
- Jake Trbojevic
- Isaah Yeo
- Junior Paulo
- Tariq Sims
- Jack Wighton
- Liam Martin
- Payne Haas
- Api Koroisau
- Campbell Graham
- With Brad Fitler as their coach
The Women’s 2021 State of Origin
The Women's 2021 State of Origin will be clashing this Friday 25 June at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland, with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm. You can catch the game live on 9Now, Nine Network, and the NRL app.
Where to watch the 2021 Ampol State of Origin
The Rodeo Bar & Grill Steakhouse will be playing the State of Origin live on the big screen.
With a western-themed bar and grill that offers the perfect atmosphere to cheer on your favourite team, there’s no better place to watch the NRL than at the Rodeo Bar & Grill in Mount Isa.
In celebration of the State of Origin, the Rodeo Bar & Grill will be featuring its very own Steak of Origin special all through July. It’s definitely a steak you won’t want to miss, especially with the 2021 State of Origin fever.
The menu from the grill is extensive and will certainly impress the stubborn eater. With plenty of options from cut to cooking style and side complements, the chefs will easily meet and exceed your satisfaction by grilling a steak that’s perfect for you.
And if steaks aren’t up your alley, you’ll be thrilled to know that the menu at the Rodeo Bar & Grill extends so much beyond that. Featuring delights such as burgers, salad, seafood, pasta, pizza, and so much more, it’ll be easy to find something that suits your appetite.
Oh, and don’t forget the incredible finger food to keep your stomach busy during the game! Think hot chips, garlic bread, chicken wings, and more.
Be sure to make a booking on (07) 4749 8888 to avoid disappointment.
Stock up on drinks for the big game
Don’t head into the State of Origin without a drink at hand - especially if you’re watching from home. Take advantage of online alcohol ordering and delivery with Liquor Warehouse.
The deals and promotions happening during the State of Origin season will be unbeatable, and with same day delivery available for those who are running a bit short on time, it’s hard to find an excuse not to order your drinks online for the game.
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